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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Apr 22, 2010 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what if.....

hardly. so you're saying they were better in 66 than 72,73, or 74? Come on!

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Poster: stealyourwife Date: Apr 22, 2010 6:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what if.....

I'm sayin, you might be right about Pig, but on the other hand, Bobby aint all that as a singer OR a rhythm guitar player. I think the only reason he ever got as good as he did was because he was in a band with Jerry.

Eaaaasily replaceable...would have been a bit different without him but Jerry and Phil have always been the meat and potato's in the band. Hell, even Keith and Brent contributed more than Bobby ever did.

just my opinion

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Apr 22, 2010 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what if.....

Keith and Brent more than Bob? We'll definitely have to disagree on that one.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Apr 22, 2010 9:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what if.....

I totally agree that Bob developed his playing style in response to what Jerry and Phil were bringing to the table. He was kind of a late bloomer in the band, but by '69 he was holding his own, IMO.

Bob is part of the core 4 (Mickey is almost there...) and because of the simple fact that he was around for all 30 years. I'm not sure the GD would have survived as long as they did if in the 70's Bob got as spaced out as Keith or overdosed like Brent.

Do you really think a vocalist that sang about half of all the songs they ever played is truly replaceable?

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Poster: stealyourwife Date: Apr 23, 2010 7:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what if.....

There's lots of songs that Jerry sang better than Bobby, IMO. I've been listening to lots of JGB lately and I'm wondering why Bobby was ever put in charge of songs like Simple Twist of Fate and When I Paint My Masterpiece. There's some Bobby songs I like, for sure, like Throwing Stones and Black Throated wind, but on the other hand I don't think I've ever heard Jerry sing those. And as far as a rhythm guitar player is concerned, I don't think Jerry even needed one. I think Keiths keys in the late 70's JGB are amazing on account of less competition with the rhythm guitar. I'm even gonna go out on a limb and say that Donnas vocal work was better with JGB.

Bottom line, IMO, of all the original members, Bobby has always been the weakest link.

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